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Posted by Jane on 25/2/2020, 3:12:29, in reply to "Re: No queen
Between 1931 and 1975, although there was no King or Queen consort, there was a Queen since 1947-1948. Queen Victoria Eugenie was officially recognised by the regime and even paid her allowance by the Government.
Isn't this somewhat like saying that Greece still has a queen in the person of Anne-Marie? The Greek and Spanish situations are certainly tricky, since both countries underwent historical periods when the monarchies were temporarily abolished but eventually reinstated.
Of course, I realize that in Spain, Victoria Eugenie was recognized once again as a queen only after the monarchy was reinstated, in the 1940's (although the regency period under Generalissimo Francisco Franco continued until his death, whereupon the country would once again have a king).
There seems virtually no chance in the world for the Greek monarchy to be reinstated; so it's highly unlikely for Anne-Marie to ever find herself in a situation comparable to that of Victoria Eugenie ...
Greece always had a king, when the monarchy reigned; but there certainly were periods when the country had no queen. I'm led to think first of Otto, the only sovereign of the house of Wittelsbach. He was a minor and a bachelor (aged 17) at the time he assumed the throne, in 1832; he married Duchess Amalie of Oldenburg only later, in 1836.
After he got deposed, in 1862, Prince William of Denmark (second son of King Christian IX) got elected the following year as the new King George I. Like his Wittelsbach predecessor, he was only a teenager and a bachelor at the time of his accession. He married the Romanov Grand Duchess Olga Constantinovna in 1867.
But given that Amalie was still alive and kicking, perhaps you could say that Greece still had a queen of some sort, during those five years between her husband's deposition and the accession of his successor. If nothing else, the Greek monarchy itself was not formally abolished ...
Later on, the politics of World War I led to the deposition of King Constantine I, whereupon his second son was installed as king (as a puppet of the Allies). But Queen Sophie was and her mother-in-law, Queen Olga, were both still living during his brief reign. King Alexander married Aspasia Manos morganatically, and died of a freak accident, whereupon his father was once again reinstated as king -- only to get deposed again.
Like his father, King George II (eldest son and successor) also got deposed and recalled: in fact, this happened twice. So one is talking here of a reign interrupted -- making it difficult to qualify the question of whether the country had a queen. I know that he married Princess Elisabeth of Romania in 1921, and she was briefly queen consort of Greece (1922-1923), before she and her husband divorced (she took back her maiden name and title afterward).
But Olga lived until 1926, and Sophie until 1932 -- notwithstanding the fact that they witnessed transitions between abolition and reinstatement. So I believe the next 15 years formed the next period when Greece had no queen: the situation changed in 1947, with the death of King George II and accession of his youngest brother, King Paul (who had married Princess Friederike of Hanover in 1938).
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- No queen - Jane 24/2/2020, 4:55:45
- Re: No queen - Stefan 24/2/2020, 16:47:02
- Re: No queen - manuel 24/2/2020, 19:03:58
- Greece - Jane 25/2/2020, 3:12:29
- Portugal - Josť 25/2/2020, 2:40:49
- Roumania - Josť 25/2/2020, 14:31:34
- Bulgaria - Josť 25/2/2020, 14:39:21
- France and Monaco - Josť 25/2/2020, 15:05:25
- Re: No queen England - William F 26/2/2020, 13:29:11
- Austria - Josť 27/2/2020, 2:23:30
- Great Britain - William F 28/2/2020, 6:00:03
- England - William F 28/2/2020, 6:11:01
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